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How does this compare to npm-www, and newww, which is live at <del></del>? New! Turns out the new site was deployed on 2014-12-09, the same day I pushed this repository's code up to GitHub! Still, the new site doesn't let you sort or anything, so it's not much more useful, but it does look nicer than the old site.

Also, npm2es might be useful? Has CouchDB -> Elasticsearch syncing features.

I'm not sure what compelling reason there is to use npm-registry-client -- it looks like it's just a wrapper around request with named functions for a few of the registry's endpoints.

The registry API desperately lacks documentation other than the npm source code, but the downloads-count API has better documentation.


The app expects an Elasticsearch server reachable at elasticsearch:9200.
It also expects a GitHub API token in an environment variable called GITHUB_TOKEN.

packages from have the following interface:

interface Package {
  name: string
  // name is the only required field; all the others may be omitted
  time?: {modified: Date}
  author?: {name: string, email: string, url: string}
         | {name: string, email: string}
         | {name: string}

Docker config

This repo is automatically built on Docker Hub.

docker run -d --name elasticsearch -p -p elasticsearch
docker run -d --name app -p 80:80 -e VERBOSE=1 --link elasticsearch:elasticsearch --restart always chbrown/npm-search-server

If you want to make sure you're running the latest npm-search-server image:

docker pull chbrown/npm-search-server
docker rm -f app
docker run -d --name app -p 80:80 --link elasticsearch:elasticsearch --restart always chbrown/npm-search-server

docker-machine initialization

Use docker-machine to start up a small droplet:

export DIGITALOCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN=n0t4ctua11ymydigital0ceant0k3n
docker-machine create -d digitalocean --digitalocean-size=512mb npm-search-server
eval "$(docker-machine env npm-search-server)"

You will probably need to add swap space for ElasticSearch to function properly. ssh in with docker-machine ssh npm-search-server and run the following commands:

swapon -s    # check current config
#dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1G count=4 # slow! fallocate is better.
fallocate -l 4G /swapfile
chmod 600 /swapfile
mkswap /swapfile
swapon /swapfile


Copyright 2014-2015 Christopher Brown. MIT Licensed.

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